Cumberland University


Cumberland University hosts mixed-media art exhibit


Cumberland University is hosting an exhibition featuring the works of Lesley Patterson-Marx, a Nashville printmaker and book artist, from January 9 to February 9 in the Adams Gallery of the campus’ Heydel Fine Arts Center.

The university will welcome Patterson-Marx for a closing reception on February 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a gallery talk to be held at 6:00 p.m.


Patterson-Marx’s work combines printmaking, book arts, and a variety of mixed-media and drawing techniques. She begins with objects found in nature, photographs of unknown people, and other items acquired at flea markets and antique stores. She synthesizes these materials, along with symbols, myths, archetypes, and narrative images, into mixed-media compositions.


Patterson-Marx grew up in Kentucky. She earned a B.F.A. from Murray State University and an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has shown her work in many galleries, art centers, colleges, and universities across the nation, including Cynthia Broan Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, The Kohler Center in Kohler, WI, Gainesville College in Gainesville, GA, and The Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, CA. Locally she has exhibited her work in exhibits at The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Tag Gallery, and Zeitgeist Gallery.

Her work has been featured in local publications such as The Nashville Scene and national publications such as Craft Magazine and Readymade Magazine.

Patterson-Marx taught for several years at Watkins College of Art and Design; she now teaches at University School of Nashville. Patterson-Marx has conducted many workshops in her chosen field over the years.

Many of my recent works began with the Solarplate printmaking process, wherein I have been able to create multiples of the same images, textures, and objects, inked and printed in a variety of ways,” said Patterson-Marx. “Through these printmaking collages, which combine thread, pastel and acrylic ink, I am able to explore the many possibilities of arranging the same elements in different combinations. Through the magic of photo-printmaking, I am able to render ephemeral things more permanent.

The exhibit, like many others at Cumberland University, has 

been made possible by The Thackston Family Foundation and an Arts Build Communities grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The exhibit will take place in the Adams Gallery, located in Cumberland University’s Heydel Fine Arts Center. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.